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Wednesday - June 27, 2001
- New York Observer: "Cheapness Sinks Atlantis"
- Willow Coming to DVD November 27, 2001
- DreamWorks Refuses Comment on Bromeliad Trilogy
- News Link of the Day - Cat Lovers Get Hissy Over 'Pro-Dog' Film

New York Observer: "Cheapness Sinks Atlantis"
(by The New York Observer has published a detailed feature article where animators cite cheapness as the reason for the failure of Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

The article, by Rebecca Traister, takes head on the competition between Disney and DreamWorks and how DreamWorks is winning the animation war.

"Suddenly, the allegations made by Jeffrey Katzenberg in his acrimonious 1995 lawsuit against Mr. Eisner–that his magic had elevated Disney to dizzying profit heights–were ringing true," claims the article. "Mr. Katzenberg was not always right (check out The Road to El Dorado), but there is a feeling that when he left the Magic Kingdom, he took the Leg-of-Tadpole Cookbook with him."

Both DreamWorks and Disney refused to speak with the article's author.

Click here to read the entire article. (Note: the article has brought in a huge amount of traffic to the New York Observer and may result in you receiving a "too many users connected" server error message).

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Willow Coming to DVD November 27, 2001
(by The epic fantasy adventure Willow will debut on DVD, via a Special Edition DVD, on November 27, 2001. The suggested retail price for the DVD will be $26.98. For the DVD the movie has been digitally remastered for higher quality picture and sound (THX). Features on the disc include special commentaries, a documentary showcasing Willow's special effects, a "Making Of An Adventure" documentary, an effects featurette, original theatrical trailers, TV spots, and a still photo gallery.

" Based on a story by George Lucas, with a screenplay written by Bob Dolman, Willow is director Ron Howard's fantasy world of medieval adventure. Willow stars Val Kilmer as Madmartigan, a swashbuckling warrior, and Warwick Davis as the title character. In a mythical kingdom, the evil sorceress Queen Bavmorda (Jean Marsh) plots to kill all infants so that the newborn princess, Elora, will never take over the throne. But a midwife sets the baby adrift in a river, and she is rescued by Willow, a farmer in Nelwyn, a peaceful village of trolls, fairies, and little folk. Willow and Madmartigan begin a quest to deliver the baby from evil while being chased by Queen Bavmorda's daughter, Sorsha (Joanne Whalley), sent to bring the baby back to Nockmaar."

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DreamWorks Refuses Comment on Bromeliad Trilogy
(by DreamWorks will not confirm or deny a report by BBC News earlier this week that claimed the animated Bromeliad Trilogy by DreamWorks would be only one movie. Both Andrew Adamson and Jeffrey Katzenberg were interviewed for the article. The statement that the trilogy will be only one movie contradicts a press release issued in May by DreamWorks that says, "Truckers [the first movie in the trilogy] will be the first to be turned into a computer animated feature."

Responding yesterday to an inquiry by Digital Media FX, DreamWorks would only say, "The project is still in development so we really can't confirm either way."

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News Link of the Day - Cat Lovers Get Hissy Over 'Pro-Dog' Film

According to the Ottawa Citizen:

"The makers of a big Warner Bros. summer comedy are suddenly realizing that there are a lot of cat lovers out there.

In fact, the fur is already starting to fly over the movie, Cats and Dogs, even before its July 4 arrival in theatres…"

Click here for the full story.

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